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A Courtney Barnett Curated Collection

On September 1, 2022

In celebration of her touring Here And There festival, Courtney Barnett herself curated a collection of her favorite VMP records, available now. Read below to hear from Barnett on why she hand picked these albums.

Here And There Festival has been an absolute joy to curate. I’m always so grateful when someone shares an artist or album with me that I haven’t heard yet, so I hope this collection of records finds its way to a curious ear and sets someone off on a new musical pathway. — CB X


Beverly Glenn-Copeland: Beverly Glenn-Copeland

This was the first Glenn-Copeland record that I ever heard and I was an instant fan. This led me to Keyboard Fantasies and then Primal Prayer. I saw Glenn perform in 2018 and it was a truly transcendental experience for me. Also, the Keyboard Fantasies re-imagined album is stunning and a beautiful way to give these songs another life. 

Read more about ‘Beverly Glenn-Copeland,’ a former VMP Essentials Record of the Month, in the Listening Notes by Sasha Geffen here.


Big Joanie: Back Home 

I’ve been a fan of Big Joanie since I heard their first album (Sistahs), and was so excited to finally see them live at Glastonbury recently, they were amazing. Loved their version of “Cranes In The Sky” and have really been looking forward to this new album. 


Camp Cope: Running With The Hurricane 

Another classic Camp Cope album. I’ve loved seeing their journey over the years, they always inspire me. Also I had fun playing guitar on a few tracks!

Learn more about Camp Cope’s latest record in our recent interview with the band here.


Norma Tanega: I’m the Sky (Studio and Demo Recordings: 1964 - 1971) 

I forget how I came across Norma Tanega but I’m glad it happened when it happened. I may have been studying some Dusty Springfield and followed a songwriting thread. I first listened to Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog, and so then was excited to see this compilation come out recently. One of my favourite types of albums is the “demo and studio out-takes compilation” album. I got obsessed with the song “Elephants Angels and Roses,” which I hadn’t heard before. 


Sampa the Great: As Above, So Below 

Sampa is one of my favourite artists and The Return from 2019 is such an incredible album, so of course I’m madly looking forward to this new album. In her own words: “I returned to the birthplace of a dream that has been fully manifested into my reality, with a new sense of self and a feeling of being completely whole … my freest record to date.” 


Want to learn more about the other albums included in Courtney’s collection? Click the links below to explore articles about each record:

  • Read our interview with Kevin Morby about his latest record, ‘This Is A Photograph,’ here.
  • M.I.A.’s ‘Kala’ is a former VMP Essentials Record of the Month; read the Listening Notes from our reissue here and explore an audio map of the album here.
  • Read our interview with Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy about 2021’s ‘Fun House’ here.
  • The twins and duo Ibeyi spoke with VMP about their new record, ‘Spell 31’; read the interview here.
  • Read our interview with Sylvan Esso about their latest, rule-breaking record, ‘No Rules Sandy,’ here.

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